Bellin Health offers free skin cancer screening on July 27

07/19/2010

SURING — Bellin Health Family Medical Center-Suring will hold a free skin cancer screening on Tuesday, July 27.

Screenings will take place at Bellin Health Family Medical Center-Suring, 307 Manor Drive, Suring.

An appointment is required to receive a free screening, which lasts about 10 minutes. Available times are 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Teresa Watters, a board-certified family nurse practitioner, will be the attending health expert. She will evaluate questionable moles or skin spots patients are concerned about and make suggestions for their treatment or potential removal.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation – an international organization dedicated to the elimination of such cancers – the disease is the most common form of cancer in the United States with more than 3.5 million cases diagnosed annually. The organization says an estimated one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop skin cancer.

Risk factors vary for different types of skin cancer, but some general risk factors are having:

• A lighter natural skin color
• Family history of skin cancer
• A personal history of skin cancer
• Exposure to the sun through work and play
• A history of sunburns early in life
• Skin that burns, freckles, reddens easily or becomes painful in the sun
• Blue or green eyes
• Blond or red hair
• Certain types and a large number of moles

Appointments for the one-on-one skin cancer screening are required. Please call (920) 445-7373 or (888) 758-7373 for more information.